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Old 12-11-2012, 05:15 AM   #51 (permalink)
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I had a 2010 Speedmaster for several months and found slow tight turns difficult, especially with the too powerful grabby brakes. My hand always seems restricted by the proximity of the grips to the tank.

When a police knocked me off the bike had to go into the dealership for repairs and they loaned me a Bonneville. I had to concede that with the exception of looks the Bonneville bettered the Speedmaster in every area and purchased the Bonneville. Lighter, far better handling, progressive brakes, more comfortable.

But I intend to trade up for a Street Triple at the end of next year, hoping that will give me even more of the above benefits (although if i could find an America with apes).

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:13 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Speedmaster vs America

I noticed an America on the road in 2006 and followed the guy to a Triumph dealer. I sat on both models, preferred the handlebars on the America, also liked the front forks and tire..."beefy". I did not like the Gunslinger style seat on the Speedmaster cause I wanted my wife riding with me and that seat looked extremely uncomfortable for a rider. March of this year I bought an America and really enjoy it. I ride to work everyday; hot or cold, rain or sun.
My wife & I also found that running 80-85 mph on the interstate cuts through the wind a lot better than 55-70. I don't have a windshield however, just a backrest and my wife loves it so much she wants my bike! Guess I'll get the Thunderbird 1700 next.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:12 AM   #53 (permalink)
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Handlebar position

I have a bit of a nerve problem in one arm, so the handlebar position becomes a big deal on longer rides. So for me, I would problably be more comfortable with the America set up, and swap out the pipes if the sound is not to my liking. I did look at an America not long ago and the pipes were painful noisy.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:37 AM   #54 (permalink)
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I bought my 2010 Black & White from new after I started to get aching hips on my 2009 Bonneville SE (despite trying a higher saddle it was too low, made for Japanese & Ladies I believe?). I prefered the Speedmaster to the America because I didn't want all that chrome to polish and, at the time, had dual front discs. My only wish is that I could have had ABS as it's quite frightening when the front wheel locks up!! Recently borrowed a Thunderbird and it was so heavy and less nimble in comparison.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:29 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I also tried a small screen, on special offer from my dealer. i couldn't stand the noise in my helmet, he was really good and removed it and gave a full refund. I had the same problem with full length loud cutaway pipes, gave me a headache! I would like to try the short loud pipes but I think I'll just live with my standard long cutaways, although I have drilled a couple of 6mm holes in the end of them, I think it makes a bit of difference but not convinced.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:14 PM   #56 (permalink)
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You should try Dart fly screen...........
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:04 PM   #57 (permalink)
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You should try Dart fly screen...........
That's what I tried and I didn't like it, it deflected the wind into my helmet making it noisy. much quieter without.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:38 PM   #58 (permalink)
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That's what I tried and I didn't like it, it deflected the wind into my helmet making it noisy. much quieter without.
too windy at sea side
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:53 PM   #59 (permalink)
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I agree about the pipes. I bought my speedy with america pipes on it and I would like to trade anyone back for the speedy pipes. these things are kind of loud. anyone in oregon want to swap?
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:45 AM   #60 (permalink)
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Larger Engine on Speedmaster

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how 2004 speedmaster can have larger engine than America....???????? What year is america? hmmmmm
My Speedmaster has the 865 engine, and my boyfriend's 2005 America has the 785.
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